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Lord Sweet Tooth

He apparently has a thing for sweets and that's what devotees offer him. The beloved Lord Ganesha is another son of the Shiva and Parvati and thus brother to Karthik. There is nothing warlike about him though, he is worshipped as the lord of all things auspicious and the remover of obstacles. However, at time he will introduce obstacles in the paths of devotees heading in a wrong direction, in an attempt to check their descent. His mount, a rat, is always present with him. He is represented with the head of an elephant and a considerable belly. It is not entirely clear to me whether he was born with an elephant head or acquired it later. Interestingly, the elephant has only one intact tusk; the other tusk employed by him to write out the epic, Mahabharata. The significance of the large belly is that it contains all the universe, the past as well as the future.


And we lesser mortals think we are gaining weight just looking at a donut.

 

Lord Sweet Tooth

He apparently has a thing for sweets and that's what devotees offer him. The beloved Lord Ganesha is another son of the Shiva and Parvati and thus brother to Karthik. There is nothing warlike about him though, he is worshipped as the lord of all things auspicious and the remover of obstacles. However, at time he will introduce obstacles in the paths of devotees heading in a wrong direction, in an attempt to check their descent. His mount, a rat, is always present with him. He is represented with the head of an elephant and a considerable belly. It is not entirely clear to me whether he was born with an elephant head or acquired it later. Interestingly, the elephant has only one intact tusk; the other tusk employed by him to write out the epic, Mahabharata. The significance of the large belly is that it contains all the universe, the past as well as the future.


And we lesser mortals think we are gaining weight just looking at a donut.

 

comments (7)

Great shot! It's always so strange to see animal parts on human bodies... but they obviously have their reasons!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 24 Nov 2012, 09:18
Good heavens: this is a revelation!
What an education. I have a sweet tooth too and constantly deny myself candy so I don't get a big belly like that.
Wow. That's quite a family they have got there isn't it. Very colourful once again
  • CherryPie
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 24 Nov 2012, 12:29
A lovely photo and very interesting information.
My word that is a strange character.
  • Lisl
  • England
  • 27 Nov 2012, 07:14
Perhaps the large belly contains all the sweets, too!

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